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Class of 2010 standout headed to Europe

Posted on: April 22, 2009 9:55 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2009 10:33 pm

Jeremy Tyler isn't just skipping college.

He's skipping his senior year of high school, too.

“This is what I want to do,” Tyler, a Class of 2010 star, told the New York Times on Wednesday while announcing his intention to play professionally in Europe next season. “It will help me get better and grow up.”

Tyler, 17, was committed to play at Louisville in 2010-2011. But now the 6-11 center is set to spend the next two years in Europe (Spain, perhaps) developing and earning an expected six-figure salary before entering the NBA Draft in 2011, which seems to be the first year Tyler would be eligible to be selected because of the NBA's controversial age-limit rule. Assuming he follows through on his announcement, Tyler will become the first American-born player to leave high school early to play professionally overseas. He'll be the second high-profile prospect to choose Europe in as many years -- joining Arizona signee Brandon Jennings, who just completed a season in Italy in which he reportedly made $1.2 million thanks to a basketball contract and endorsement deal. rates Tyler as the seventh-best prospect in the Class of 2010.

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Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: April 23, 2009 8:37 am

Class of 2010 standout headed to Europe

It is simple: playing ball is a job.  Like any other job it requires at the very least a diploma.  Doesn't necessarily have to be a college diploma, but it definitely needs to be AT MINIMUM a high school diploma.  The NBA needs to say no high school diploma, no draft entry.  If they want to take their chances with the free agency route, go ahead.  And before all the whining starts about that will unduly harm the "inner city kids" and whatever, then tough.  Do better in school.  Schools nowadays aren't exactly strenuous.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 23, 2009 8:35 am

Class of 2010 standout headed to Europe

The kid could pobably make some money on his first contract but if he does blow out his knee, my guess is he blows all the money too without paying for college. 

Since: Mar 6, 2007
Posted on: April 23, 2009 8:33 am

Class of 2010 standout headed to Europe


he is getting a shot at a 6 figure salary at the age of 17 LOL.....if he blows his knee out, I dont think he will have any problem getting his GED and then moving onto college later. He will have the money to pay for it then too. Isnt this the worst case scenerio??? I'm not saying this is a wise move but, its not all gloom and doom like you make it out to be.



yea and then the 11th grader that wants to one up him and announce he is doing the same and so on and so on!  Your dumb if you think this is even remotely ok!  The kid needs to graduate high school and then pursue his options. 

As for Stern and the NBA, what they need to do is end this before the kid makes a huge mistake and say if he doesn't have a high school diploma he won't play in the NBA.  I have a problem with a kid that is graduated going to Europe to play instead of having to go to college, until he is able to play in the NBA. I agree kids right out of high school should not be allowed in the NBA and they really should have to go to college for 3 years.

A marriage should be between man and woman just like a kid should have to have a high school diploma to play professional sports.  Once we allow them to think they don't have to have an education, you will see some freak AAU coachs brainwash 1000's of kids into thinking they will be million airs with their basketball talent and don't need school, focus only on basketball!  


Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: April 23, 2009 8:02 am

Class of 2010 standout headed to Europe

 Good move by this kid.


I delivered pizza's and had to work my way through college.  Now I have a good job, which I love, and I'm making good money.  But I would trade it in two seconds to travel the world playing professional basketball and getting paid well in return.  I wish this kid the best....

Since: Nov 28, 2008
Posted on: April 23, 2009 7:19 am

Class of 2010 standout headed to Europe

I think this is a little too much.  When is it going to stop?  What's next?  Are we going to have a 13 year old 6'6" phenom skip high school all together.  I understand the money is tempting but what about an education?  Not to forget that these kids haven't fully matured mentally as well as physically. A lot of these boys are no doubt talented but I just think it sends the wrong message. If you truely talented, your skill level will not erode if you go to school.  You can make the arguement about injuries, but what happens if you suffer a career ending injury after signing a major contract.  Oh yeah, you'll be a millionaire.  An uneducated millionaire.  I guess that makes it ok.  But remember a fool and his money are easily parted!

Since: Jul 3, 2008
Posted on: April 23, 2009 3:26 am

Class of 2010 standout headed to Europe

Why is everyone up in arms about this?  Given the system, I can't blame the kid.  He's going to make a couple of million before he enters the draft and becomes a lottery pick.  If an accounting firm was offering you an excessive six figure entry level salary before your junior year, you'd stay in school?

If you want to blame anyone, it's David Stern.  Because he had a garbage product that was built on drafting kids without fundamentals, and for the most part still is, he decided to hurt college basketball by eliminating the parity and forcing the Odens, Durants, and Beasley's to dominate their one meaningless year.  I love chalk in the tourney.

Nobody cared when kids would leave HS for the pros, even if they were committed to your school, because they didn't want to be there.  Now because it's being forced on kids, they're selfish and the enemy for wanting to re-emburse themselves for one year of lost wages in their life.  Hypocrasy is great.

Since: Apr 17, 2008
Posted on: April 23, 2009 2:18 am

Class of 2010 standout headed to Europe


 I find it funny how people just go off on these kids like they are idiots. How can you say you think he's a joke or have no respect. I mean this guy is getting offers for 6 figure euro salaries. We go to school so people want to hire us. This guy is ahead of the game, he has a lucrative job offer so I don't blame him for going. If it doesnt work out he can always go back to finish his last year. I don't really see this as making a mockery of the NBA game either its pretty much just early development for the NBA.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: April 23, 2009 2:06 am

Class of 2010 standout headed to Europe

no stern doesnt care...he has Kobe Lebron and D. Wade (the only player worth a crap in the league)...but anyway, you are right he is making this age limit rule a joke.  Like Bobby Knight said this one year rule in college or 19 yr old rule is stupid.  I say they make it you have to be 15 credits away from graduating then you can play...then you will at least have kids that have matured with a brain joining the NBA...BTW the league is a joke..even the playoffs are many hometown Kobe phantom foul calls.  It makes me sick 

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: April 23, 2009 1:30 am

Class of 2010 standout headed to Europe

I dont know if anybody has seen the piece of Brandon Jennings while playing overseas, but he reallly didnt look like he was having fun. He said it was alot of hard work and you have to pay your dues. He doesnt even get that much PT. I just want to know where the parents heads are. 

Since: Apr 23, 2009
Posted on: April 23, 2009 12:33 am

Class of 2010 standout headed to Europe

I couldn't believe what I was reading when I first saw this. I thought the kid was some punk that just didn't want to go to school anymore. Just didn't want to stick it out thru some more school. Then I read the article on Yahoo sports which is way more in depth than this article. The kid seems to have his head on straight. Would I like to see him stay in America and go to college so that we could all see what he can do? Sure. But it's not any different than someone else pursuing their dreams in something else. Actors, artists, musicians, and athletes in other sports do the same thing to advance their careers at a faster pace. Heck, most other sports in America do this same thing, except for football and basketball. Kids are signed to baseball contracts out of the Dominican Republic at 16 years old. Kids in Europe go pro early in their sports. Freddie Adu was signed in America to play soccer at 14. It's in all other sports. Yahoo quotes an NBA exec as saying that this kid can play in the NBA right now. If the NBA won't let him play against his supposed equals then why can't he go overseas. This kid says he's going to continue his high school education in Europe. His dad owns his own business. They don't need the money. He's just going somewhere to better himself faster. And why not in Europe? We all would love to spend some time overseas, he's just going to get paid to do something that he loves while he's over there. Someone else further up this list said something about he could be exposed in Europe. He gets exposed and fixes it during his two years there. It's his life, he seems to have his head on straight and really thought it thru with his parents. Before you go off on this kid and his family, you really need to read the article on Yahoo to get a better understanding of the whole story. Good luck kid, hope to see your game in the NBA sooner than later.

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